DIY Washi Tape Switch Plate Cover Tutorial

Scotch Expressions sent us samples to play with.  This DIY washi tape switch plate tutorial was the result.

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I have always been a fan of fancy switchplate and outlet covers.  I spent many an hour decoupaging switchplates, and everyone knew what they were getting for holidays.  Sometimes, if they were especially nice to me, I’d even take requests!

I still love to decorate switchplates and outlet covers.  They’re cheap, quickly interchangeable, and the possibilities are practically limitless.  You know what makes this project even easier?  Washi tape!  Yes, it’s true.  These are washi tape switch plates.  Here’s how to do it.

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How to Make a Washi Tape Switch Plate

Supplies needed:

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Switch plate cover.  These are about $0.20 at Home Depot or Lowes.

Washi Tape.  The herringbone pattern I’m using is pretty wide, and runs about $3-ish.


Make sure your switch plate is clean and free of dirt, debris, and grease.

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Get out your washi tape.  Unroll a section that’s about two inches longer that your switchplate.  Stick this to the your switchplate, starting at the edge.  Make sure that it’s straight with no wrinkles.

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I like to work directly from the roll, but you can cut the strip of tape off and work with just it.  Whatever makes you more comfortable.

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Unroll another section of washi tape that’s about 2 inches longer than your switchplate.  Here’s the tricky part – if your tape has a distinct pattern, you’ll want to match it up. The tape I chose had a herringbone pattern, so I matched the diagonal stripes. Stick this down to your switchplate, with the patterns matching.  Repeat until the rest of the switch plate is covered.

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Now, you’ll need to trim the edges.  Make sure all the edges are stuck down really well.  Then, just cut around the edge with scissors.

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Next, you’ll want to be able to use your outlet or switch plate, right?  Of course you do!  Cut the tape in the holes.  To do this, I took the Xacto knife and made an X cut.  I then ran my knife straight across and then again vertically.  There may be pieces of tape that come off during this process, and that’s perfectly fine.  Just discard them.

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Fold the tape edges to the back of the switchplate. And stick them down.  You may want to add a few more cuts to get a smooth transition.  Poke a hole in the screw hole with a pen, pencil, or skewer.  Or the screw, which is normally what I do.

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Voila!  You’ve got a great washi tape switch plate that was super quick and easy.

About Greta Brinkley

Greta is a newly minted 30 year old, originally from the West Coast. Now living in the Midwest, she loves hockey, sparkles, nail polish, and bright colors. She also cannot resist anything that has peanut butter and chocolate together. And she hates filling out bios. Yep.


  1. What a fun and cheap way to jazz up switch plate covers! It looks super easy to do and would probably be a fun little project for my niece and I to do together. She’s redecorating her room and we’ve been looking for ideas!
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  2. This is SO creative! I love this idea so much!!
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  3. What a cute and easy idea – thanks for sharing
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  4. I love that! I am so into black and white lately – and I really like how easy this is! I can’t wait to try this when I redo our bathroom soon!
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  5. What a wonderful idea! I may have to try this soon!
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  6. Super cute AND super easy. I want to do this with mine! Thanks for the easy tutorial!
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  7. That is easy and clever. I’ve never used washi tape altho I’ve seen some Pinterest things with it.

  8. How clever! I love this!! I am definitely gonna do this! Thanks!
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  9. What a great idea!

  10. I never thought of doing this with the switch plate covers. I know you can use the Washi tape for lots of other things. I will have to do this to some of my old looking plate covers to make them look all nice and new. thanks for the tutorial for them.

  11. Now I want to get some Washi tape and try some of the clever things I’ve seen done with it.

  12. Carolann Leibenguth says:

    Thank you for sharing such a room changing item that costs pennies to make. I am craft challenged but this is one even I could tackle.

  13. Allison Downes says:

    What an easy and fun idea! This is really neat. I am going to try it out. Thank you for sharing

  14. Julie Wood says:

    I want to do this super cute Switch plate design and make my boring switch plates look so classy, and I could do this in all the light switches and it does not cost a lot!

  15. Really cute. I love it.

  16. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    This makes me mad!!!!!!!!!! It’s just not fair.
    Why couldn’t there gave been Washi Tape 10 years ago? If there was why had I not heard of it?

    About 10 years ago I made fabric covered cover plates to sell at craft shows. I made abou 200 of them. Do you know how hard it was to cover them with fabric? The Washi taoe looks so much easier and less messy. Awesome job there.

  17. April Crisafulli says:

    My daughter would love to do this to her room!

  18. Rachael Ashcraft says:

    Pretty sure you are a genius!! What a fantastic idea!! I am definitely going to do this.
    You can easily change them for holidays too. I am useless at crafts but I really think I could manage this one.

  19. Brooke F. says:

    What an easy way to spice up a switch plate! I get so tired of plain ones and don’t want to spend the money for the decorative ones at the store. Thank you for this post I’ll be using this idea!

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